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Title: Nanocomposites of ZnFe2O4 in silica: Synthesis, magnetic and optical properties
Authors: Zhou, Z.H. 
Xue, J.M. 
Chan, H.S.O. 
Wang, J. 
Keywords: Nanocomposites
Silica matrix
ZnFe2O4 particles
Issue Date: 28-Apr-2002
Citation: Zhou, Z.H., Xue, J.M., Chan, H.S.O., Wang, J. (2002-04-28). Nanocomposites of ZnFe2O4 in silica: Synthesis, magnetic and optical properties. Materials Chemistry and Physics 75 (1-3) : 181-185. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Transparent magnetic nanocomposites with zinc ferrite nanoparticles uniformly dispersed in silica matrix have been successfully synthesized. Due to the compositional homogeneity in the starting precursor, a much lowered formation temperature of ZnFe2O4 in the nanocomposites was observed as compared to that in the conventional ceramic processing. Studies of the influence of the initial drying temperature on particle size of zinc ferrite suggest that a well-established silica network provides more confinement to the growth of ZnFe2O4 particles. The magnetic properties exhibit a strong dependence on the particle size as a result of the unusual cation distribution and the surface effect. The optical properties of the nanocomposites can be adjusted by varying the concentration of zinc ferrite nanoparticles in the amorphous silica matrix. The absorption edge at around 600 nm is blue shifted by 0.65eV when the loading of ZnFe2O4 particles is decreased from 30 to 5wt.%, while the absorption coefficient remains below 400cm-1 in the red visible region. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Materials Chemistry and Physics
ISSN: 02540584
DOI: 10.1016/S0254-0584(02)00052-4
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